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FOX News
Jan 15, 2013 10:00am PST
in the senate where you have harry reid, the senate majority leader and other democrats calling for a slowdown, not a speed-up as relates to gun control. >> megyn: harry reid has been a pig pbig proponent of gun rig and doesn't necessarily appear on team obama on this issue. nor do other democrats. this is a strange issue in that it's not d versus r. it's gun rights groups versus gun control groups. i don't know that you can put harry reid in the gun rights group camp can you? >> well, this is really, when you get down to it. >> megyn: control i should say. >> a population density question. if you represent a place with a lot of people, if you represent a city, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun control. and if you represent the country, if you represent the country folks, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun rights. we have a big your began versus rural split on that, and harry reid's state have a lot of pistol-packing folks, a lot of rugged individualists out in nevada and that's true across the democrats in the west, appalachia, joe manchin, that's the deal, this is a
MSNBC
Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm PST
and a number of pro gun democrats including the senate majority leader harry reid who does not seem enthusiastic at the start of the debate right now. realistically, what do you think the most is that we can get out of this in terms of gun control laws? >> not that much. the orders are incremental and they will make some difference. they are not going to solve the problem as it is diagnosed. i don't see action in the congress. i wouldn't be surprised about a fig leaf measure and congress wants to show they did something that is toothless. i think that might be a realistic option. i don't think you will see very much in the way of the package the president proposed unless public opinion does seem to be moving a little bit. after the other big shootings, you don't see sentiment in favor of gun control. if the president wants to keep driving this and followed through more than i and other people predicted he would, keep the public pressure off now and mayor bloomberg is determined to do that. that's in the cover story. maybe then you get real pressure on the members and see action. rig
CSPAN
Jan 21, 2013 12:00pm EST
're going to do. i will be calling harry reid's office tomorrow to ask and to change the filibuster rule. we have to make the move. i agree. i understand ipoem. -- the poem. it was beautiful. >> you are on. welcome. caller: i just want to comment that i find it very revealing that secretary clinton is trying to avoid the benghazi scandal and had on new glasses but not answered one question about how many americans were killed in benghazi. host: i am so incredibly happy right now and so grateful for all that obama has laid out for his second term. we are following tweets. you are welcome to join the conversation. >> i really was and pressed by the whole inauguration. i was able to watch the first one. probably early this morning. i thought it was really professional. the politicians, i wish they would get together like that when it is time to change lolls and improve the stability of this country. i was impressed overall, especially with kelly clarkson and the beyonce. they were impressive with their music. i listened to them sparingly no when they have a couple of hits. i wish to put up more
CNBC
Jan 21, 2013 11:00am EST
something rather strong about harry reid. we assume that kind of language was not used in the white house this morning, but can they really get along and do what needs to get done? >> there is -- there are pockets of enmity that are quite well-known. what's really wonderful about washington, and this day is going to be full of this, is that you can have members, particularly on the senate floor, that can just bash each other. john has had a bird's-eye view of this. during the day with key issues of state at risk, and at the end of the day they can go off to the moncle and have a drink or a steak and so -- >> although a lot less than used to take place. >> that's true. >> jill biden, the vice president's wife, the second lady of the united states, begins her way down to the podium. >> i think there is more partisanship about to break out. >> call it bipartisanship. >> maybe i'm caught up in the spirit of the day. >> explain. >> i'll explain. >> and where do you see that? >> i have some circumstantial evidence. look at the fiscal cliff vote and look at the sandy vote. a microcosm. what you'
FOX News
Jan 20, 2013 1:00pm PST
harry reid stopped short of embracing president obama's proposal calling them thoughtful recommendations. is the president's tone contributing to a lack of bipartisanship? >> no. i don't think this is about his tone. i think it is interesting to have a republican senator calling president obama combative given the nature of in congress and how the senate has blocked and pushed them into a corner. i think there is some room for the president to reach out to members of congress more, build those relationships more. have one-on-one meetings with them, do golfing with them, but we have to keep in mind that when we came into office, his leadership style was consensus. that is at the heart of this man. what is unfortunately happened, republicans have said, we're not going to come to the take and participate. we're going block and be the party of no. so you have to go to executive actions or executive orders. that is not how government should work. hopefully they will... ford, you know that the republicans have blocked everything. he has at the point where he has to take executive actions. >> a
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2013 3:00am PST
at least that harry reid is not going to make his democrats who are up in 2014 walk the plank on a tough gun vote. so the house guys are saying look, we'll take it up when reid passes it knowing full well there's a small chance that larry reedye harry reid is going to pass a robust bill. if you saw some of the comments this past week from senators like max baucus, mary landrieu, mark begich who are up next year, you see why a lot of the house republicans are sort of smiling and saying we'll take it up when it comes over from the senate, wink, wink. >> gene, i guess it's going to be quite a while before i download profiles of courage volume 2 from the united states senate? >> i think it's going to be a while. look, it's been a month since newtown. and i think it's -- i think you make the case, it's unconscionable to do nothing, right, until the next newtown. i think there's a resonance out in the country. i think people get that this is something we really need to address and get it on an emotional level. but no, you're not going to be reading the updated profiles in courage out of the se
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 6:00am PST
onboard is bipartisan. majority leader harry reid describing the prospects for immigration reform in the months ahead. >> it is going to be first thing on our agenda. the -- majority, every senate, lists their top ten items. immigration is the number one item. we are going to do immigration. they are now -- agreed tentatively on a path of citizenship which is the big stumbling block. we may be able to come up with a bipartisan bill quicker than you think. >> it is going to move fast. bottom line big deals happening in congress on a bipartisan basis when there are people on both sides who stand to benefit. in this case republicans in congress and republicans nationally immediate immigration reform. perhaps even more be the democrats do. that's why paul ryan jumped onboard. he and marco rubio won on this. that's a big deal. >>> stalemate over spending. president obama says he won't negotiate on the debt limit. is the government shutdown inevitable? greg waldon, a member of the leadership, he joins me on that issue and more on whether his party has primary problem. we will ask him ho
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 2:00pm PST
harry reid, the head of the democratic party in the senate, is nervous about submitting it to the congress because he figures it won't pass the house. >> two points. one, i think the poll -- and the irony here is a lot of the stuff you just showed the nra was behind. they didn't have a problem with -- >> that's right. >> -- the gun show checks -- >> in the days of yesteryear. >> in the days of yesteryear and i think they need to get back to that. >> you know the politics. why this they gone to this rejecti rejectionist? >> i'll be the washington cynic and the fact is it's fund raising and membership. and you look -- >> is it gun sales? >> absolutely gun sales, am mission, from ammunition to guns. take that off the table. you still have the slaughter of 20 innocents here. that's what is driving the american people. that's the focus of our community right now is if this can happen in newtown, massachusetts, it's certainly happens in chicago -- >> respond to what the governor said about the suburban governors who aren't right wingers. if you were still party chair, what lan
FOX News
Jan 20, 2013 3:00pm PST
the president and joe biden are giving crystal vases but with obama seated with harry reid and speaker boehner, i half expect a food taster present but joking aside, they will be collegial, that is expected. >> senator schumer joked he and his inaugural co-chairman will be sitting between be to keep it simple but he said for the sake of the nation he hopes the two parties find a way to develop a better recentship in the years ahead. >> that tunnel ordeal was a mess, i heard they did not even print purple tickets this time. >> they retired the purple ticket after what happened in 2009. >> battery fire on a japan airlines 787, two weeks ago was not caused by overcharging. the national transportation safety board said there could be problems with wiring. the f.a.a. in the united states and many other countries grounded the boeing 787 dreamliner until they get answers. the plane relies more or electrical system than older aircraft. still ahead, a look back at the president's first term with a look ahead toward what could come next. first we will try to put together what happened at the end of the
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 7:00pm PST
are going to play a huge role in this. can harry reid get this onto the floor? and will he be afraid to say no to the nra. >> thank you both. coming up another edition of unmasking the nra the gun money that runs the organization and later, jon stewart and the most famous member of the board of the nra my personal plea is in the rewrite tonight. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a pro. >>> another episode of unmasking the nra is coming
MSNBC
Jan 21, 2013 2:30am PST
about and they have no interest in bringing a bill to the floor. i don't know harry reid who is in nevada, doinlt know that i d wants to bring a bill to the floor. he has outside groups and he'll use that to try to get something done. you think about washington, you have to think about the congress you have not the congress you want. >> okay. >> the congress you have is one that is resisting. >> that sounds like we'll get nothing done in four years. >> i think the next two years is going to be difficult to get anything done. they have to do a budget at some point. >> let's talk about that. >> joe is always harping on the fact it's 1,363 days since the democrats passed a budget. yesterday chuck schumer hinted that may change. let's listen. >> in our budget that we will pass, we lift tax reform, which went many of my republican colleagues' way, but it's going to include revenues. it's a great opportunity to get us some more revenues to help in part deal with sequestration. >> so where does this fit in? >> i think where republicans have a legitimate critique of democrats is that
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2013 1:00am EST
in the senate are going to play a huge role in this. can harry reid get this onto the floor? and will he be afraid to say no to the nra. >> thank you both. coming up another edition of unmasking the nra the gun money that runs the organization and later, jon stewart and the most famous member of the board of the nra my personal plea is in the rewrite tonight. [ male ♪ [ construction sounds ] ♪ [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more flash. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more taters. that's where tots come from. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. 50% more spy stuff. what's in your wallet? this car is too small. >>> another episode of unmasking the nra is coming up and
ABC
Jan 21, 2013 6:30am PST
boehner, and harry reid, as well, accompanies the president. and then, we see eva longoria, one of the honorary co-chairs of the president's inaugural committee. host of the latino inaugural ball last night. 71% of latinos helped him win the election. >> and they were 10% of the vote. >> president clinton and the secretary of state. >> i believe she said, stand next to me, just in case. and we all know, she was recently hospitalized because of a concussion after a fall. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand, as the color guard, represented by each of our armed forces, presents our national colors. >> lady rosalynn carter. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter and mrs. rosalynn carter. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we are looking at the 88-year-old former american president. and, matt, a historian said he reinvented the postpresidency. however you felt about the conflicting times in his presidency, he reinvented the postpresidency. >> well, president carter, he left under a bad economy. he left under a country divided. when he left office, hi
FOX News
Jan 20, 2013 8:00am PST
the road with the president's supreme court picks? >> what of the talk of harry reid, the majority leader in the senate, possibly getting rid of the filibustir, the sole tool to stop a vote on certain matters? it is not clear what matters would be -- he would be getting rid of the filibuster on? >> this has been in discussion. it could be a very minor change to the filibuster, versus something major. so i think eye am inclined-- the reason that harry reid is so other than ked, it has stopped business in the senate. they want to be able to bring bills up and to have the filibuster be used for things it's meant to be used for and for people to filibuster, not threat tone filibuster and gum up the gears of the senate. >> speaking of gear, let's change gears to the speech tomorrow while we have you. charles, what about this message that he is going to bring -- how tough will it be for president obama to knock down president obama the first time and to still touch chords that raise the country up as his aides seem to say he is going to do tomorrow. >> within a week of this inaugural, he said p
MSNBC
Jan 21, 2013 7:00am PST
in an orange coat. you also see harry reid there, he's often seen in public wearing fur, which is a weird choice. >> he looks a bit gloomy today in that costume. >> you think so? he has a little touch of the jack abramoff? >> not that kind. that's too dramatic. >> maybe it is because he got his haircut. they have really been chewing on him the last few days about a big decision he has to make about the filibuster in the senate. >> he has to make that right away. >> that's an immediate decision. >> and i think steven dryer is going through a religious event today. i don't know what you call that. >> that's his justice hat. >> is it really? that comes with the office. i have never seen that before. you just made that up, didn't you? >> i'm sorry. ed, on the filibuster thing, this is -- this is a ceremonial start to the week. obviously, this is about the orderly transition of power. this is about the constitution and the celebration and all those things, but this decision is going to happen right away with a huge impact on the president. >> it's huge. the lead editorial today in "the new yor
Current
Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm PST
it would have the same impact as a ban on assault weapons does it? but senate majority leader harry reid said this weekend that an assault weapons ban would never pass the house despite the will of the american people. and when it comes to gun laws, i quote, he said the american people want us to be very cautious on what we do. actually harry the american people have spoken. they're quite clear. they want the gun laws to be cautious, not you. and the democrat who said in a the newtown shootings have changed his opinions. >> we have to change the culture of mass violence. if you think it's only about guns and that would change the culture, you're wrong. if you think it's only about the lack of mental illness coverage that we give, you would be wrong there. and if you think it's only about the media with the video games it takes an all-in approach. >> john: proving only in politics changing everything means doing nothing. meanwhile, mayors against illegal guns campaign group demand a plan, hazard released this ad that calls for action. >> my son. >> my daughter. >> my dad was murdered with
FOX News
Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm PST
a look at that. not all democrats frankly are anxious for a gun control debate. harry reid says he won't ask members of the senate to vote on anything that can't pass the house. vice president biden says it's going to be a tough fight. >> i have no illusions what we're up against or how hard the task is in front of us, but i've never seen the nation's conscience so shaken by what happened at sandy hook. the world has changed and it is demanding action. >> reporter: national rifle association accused the president and vice president of attacking firearms. >> thank you. proposals and action are two very different things especially when it comes to congress and gun control. up next, we'll take a look at the politics that will play a part in this fight. plus, nasty weather, i mean nasty weather causing very big problems from new england all the way down to dixie. what do you think about snow in the south? the extreme south, an update from the fox extreme weather center is coming up. by the armful? by the barrelful? the carful? how about...by the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition
FOX News
Jan 21, 2013 8:00am PST
luncheon where the president is sitting down with harry reid and john boehner and talking with evan bahy over the weekend, i'm sure they took the sharp objects off the table and have a food taster. and one said, don't worry, my vice chair lamar alexander will be sitting between them to make sure things are civil. all joking aside, they thought this is going to be a good luncheon and everybody will be professional and the big battles of course, will come tomorrow. and don't forget that hillary clinton is also, secretary of state going to be testifying on benghazi on wednesday. that will be another big event that happens here on capitol hill. now, to the parade, we can pan off just a little bit and you can see that some folks have gathered here at the beginning of the parade, quite a bit different than it was at least at this point from 2009, where people were 20, 30 deep along the parade route. we'll probably see that, and looks like people, five, six people deep headed down constitution avenue. we make the turn on to pennsylvania avenue and then a slow crawl up to the white house. and ji
MSNBC
Jan 21, 2013 3:00am PST
for the politics of this city. it's almost as if you have harry reid and mitch mcconnell directing traffic. nobody wants to move. nobody wants to do anything. >> by the way, you brought up harry reid's name. here's a majority leader of the united states senate that has worked overtime to not produce a budget in over four years. >> correct. >> 1,163 days if my harry reid calculator is correct. the democratic senate is every bit as dysfunctional as the republican house, and it seems to me we have to figure out a way to fix this. the responsibility lies on both sides of the aisle. >> let me toss it back to you with the initial question you asked me that i cannot answer. i don't know if john can answer the question you asked. but if president barack obama, what sense does it make to invite senator ted cruz down to the white house? >> it makes all the sense in the world. maybe not ted cruz but bring tom coburn over. you bring lamar alexander over. you bring bob corker over. one on one. you bring them all together. guess what? you get tom coburn from oklahoma going to ted cruz fr
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 8:00am EST
, because harry reid talked about the assault weapon ban and the chances of his being able to get it through the united states senate. he said it ain't gonna happen. and so if you look at the red state senators who are up for re-election in north carolina or out west or down south or wherever they're from, i don't think he can lift it. and can that's what i'm talking about in terms of overreach. if this was something where you said close the loophole on gun shows, catch the 40% of people who are going into the shows and escaping, buying guns if they're mentally disturbed and we should catch that and reasonable restrictions. the problem in the heller case and what d.c. was doing is they said you couldn't have a gun unless you registered it, but then today wouldn't let you register it. i mean, that's an effective you can't do it. and that does, in fact, go too far. so if it's a common sense -- and, you know, quite frankly, i don't know why ten. i don't know why somebody needs ten bullets, let alone thirty. so ten doesn't seem like some magic number to me. and, again, to the gun owners, that so
Current
Jan 18, 2013 3:00am PST
. >> why does it seem harry reid is suddenly back tracking on fist filibuster reform. >> he is a man of the senate. russ feingold remember the real progressive members will tell you harry reid is a liberal guy. he's good. it is not that he doesn't want to open the door for getting things done but he truly is imbedded in this senate culture. >> in this system, this progresses. right? >> folks driving the reform tend to be the younger members. it's just a reality. >> anybody can look at the senate and know that et cetera broken. >> they are in a week position. this is a week position for them. >> for republicans? >> they lost two seats in a cycle where they should have won five or six. >> bill: right. >> a million.4. gerrymanned gerrymannedering is the only reason they kept the house. their marginalization is clear. the only thing they can do is secretly behind closed doors stop things from happening. we complete the cycle of 2012. >> which is why again i don't understand why harry reid doesn't see this is the moment to act on filibuster reform. we will
Current
Jan 21, 2013 7:00am PST
. naacp head just arrived. we saw harry reid probably going into chambers back there. they haven't started arriving yet. the governors apparently were just announced. they're starting to filter in and take their seats. this is a really exciting part of being an elected official is sitting up there. >> senator al franken. >> jennifer: you can see richard blumenthal from connecticut. john kerry of course. carl levin. >> john: a few moments ago, speaker of the house john boehner entered, the most tan man in washington, d.c. in january. john mccain. >> jennifer: john mccain talking with dianne feinstein, i'm sure about gun control. cutting a deal right there. >> john: it is rather unseasonably warm today. i'm thankful for that for the folks who are there. >> jennifer: tammy baldwin. >> john: yesterday i was shocked at how warm it was. a lot of folks were expressing confusion as to why the president was sworn in yesterday. the constitution requires, of course, the president be sworn in on january 20th. since federal buildings and courthouses are closed on sunday, the ceremony is still scheduled
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2013 5:00am PST
majority leader harry harry reid said one of his biggest regrets is not reforming the filibuster. the president announced he was considering major changes to the rulings. reed wanted to change the rules by requiring filibuster senators to occupy the floor and speak if he want to delay legislation. now, however, as we approach the deadline for making the decision, it seems like senator reed maybe backing away. the senate is currently in recess until tuesday and when they return they'll have to make a decision, whether to make good on genuine reform of the filibuster. a watered-down compromise that many say doesn't go far enough. this is one of those reformers. senator john udall. and the executive director of the democratic national committee. thank you both for being here. >> thank you, great to be here with you, chris. you started covering this very early. >> senator, you just sat down and i said this morning before this interview i looked at the notes that i transcribed from the interview i did in your office on 2011 on precisely this issue which was the last time it was with y
CNN
Jan 21, 2013 6:00am PST
. harry reid, john boehner, all of the leaders. take a look at the flags being waved on the national mall in front of the u.s. capitol. i'm looking out at this picture. it is a huge, huge crowd. anderson cooper on is on the other side. not far away from the washington monument. from your vantage point what does it look like? >> it is an amaze sight here, wolf. you can see flags as far as the eye can see. former president clinton. hillary clinton. haven't seen much of her since she got out of the hospital. nice to see that she's here today with the former president. they make their way towards the podium where they will sit behind president obama and vice president biden as they are sworn in. we are going hear them announce when they walk in. >> like a school teacher. ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter and mrs. rosalynn carter. >> president carter and rosalynn carter stepping down. taking their seats. followed by all the former presidents who will be here. >> john king, something special about this. just the tradition of it all. it is all
CNN
Jan 16, 2013 1:00pm PST
aren't the ones blocking this. the democrats aren't the ones -- >> speaker reid, harry reid, the leader of the senate, he's all on board for this, right? just want to make sure. >> i think leader reid is fine with it. in fact, they put out a statement supporting what the president did today. >> in two years, republicans and democrats are going to be measured at the ballot box. a lot is going to happen but the biggest thing that is going to happen is we're going to have time to see what works. not more false promises. >> nothing works, alex. >> is the president, for example, going to start enforcing the laws that we already have? his attorney general doesn't want -- >> cookie cutter -- >> why is the nra and its supporters so much more effective politically than the other side in dealing with this issue? >> poke be with me with a stick. money. >> why are there democrats -- and the antigun types, they have a lot of -- >> no, they are not. i'll give this to my republican friends. they are always better organized on the issues like this and they raise the money and the nra is effective in sc
CNN
Jan 22, 2013 1:00pm PST
's time for the senate to lead. on climate change, let harry reid to see if they can do something. it's their turn. let the senate pass a budget. on guns, i'd be interested to see if they can pass a an obama-style coalition to do what the president is asking for. that's a big change. the house, one of the things they need to do smarter is not see a plank and swim with sharks. let harry reid lead and see what they can do. i think the president will have a lot fewer followers than he thinks. >> harry reid is as able senate leader. i love seeing him lead. it's interesting that ari is counseling at least on tv counseling republicans not to lead. look, that's easy for the republicans. they used to say -- ari and i are both baseball fans. the house controlled by the republicans are where good ideas go to die and that's apparently what speaker boehner is being advised to do now. i think it's a terrible mistake. he could come and make deals and meet the president halfway but it looks like i think they are going to go back to their constructionism. that's not a good strategy. >> all right. we'
CSPAN
Jan 16, 2013 10:00am EST
until then to convince harry reid and mcconnell to agree to some kind of filibuster reform changes. more broadly speaking, they will continue to meet and plan their strategy for 2013 and 2014 and find the best states where they can have the victories. new york state is a good example. andrew cuomo has indicated willingness for bic reform of money in politics in the state . host: andy host: live coverage of senator patrick leahy, he'll talk about his agenda, the committee's agenda for the 113th congress. introducing him is georgetown university law center professor -- excuse me, law center dean, william trainor. thanks for watching. >> issues like immigration and gun control and what's done with it particularly now in the wake of the terrible murders of children in newtown, connecticut, and privacy and civil liberties and judicial nominations. a couple years ago i had the privilege to introduce senator leahy as he spoke at the new see yum -- newseum, that was a fascinating speech and i know today will be a very important speech on a very important series of topics. after the senator speak
CNN
Jan 16, 2013 8:00am PST
leader says we should be, quote, very cautious when it comes to new gun control. harry reid is part of the president's problem here. there's a change under way in the democratic party. question is how big? after 2000 when al gore lost, they blamed losing tennessee, west virginia and other places on his support of gun control. now, some of that was exaggerated. that's what they thought. you saw democrats being timid on the gun issue after that. look at the 2016 lineup. vice president joe biden, governor andrew cuomo, governor o'malley. three people looking at the 2016 race on the democratic seed in the forefront on gun control. we'll see how big of a shift it. >> the vice president will speak first. >> please, please be seated. thank you. before i begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart, our heart goes out to you. and you show incredible courage, incredible courage being here, and the president and i are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take ur here today.
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 7:00am PST
. we worked on putting fannie mae and freddie mac to stop the lawsuits. george bush went to harry reid and nancy pelosi in december of 2007. he said the economy is slipping, i need a stimulus and they worked with him to give him the kind he can sign. then 2008, the terrible crisis and it was a very partisan thing in which the bush administration got more support from democrats and republicans in the final vote. then comes the election of barack obama and mitch mcconnell's announcement that his number one agenda item is to defeat president obama. we have, i think, a productive 2009 and 2010 and then in 2010, a group gets elected in the house, in particular, we don't believe in governance. not totally pessimistic. the way to go we've seen in the last three major issues in the house, a split within the republican party where main stream conservatives of the bob dole variety have aligned with the majority of democrats. they've been opposed by a majority of republicans in the house, but not of the whole house and speaker boehner, to his credit, has been allowing a coalition to come together
ABC
Jan 20, 2013 8:00am PST
harry reid, the democratic leader in the senate, and those senators i just mentioned all signaling that the assault weapons ban is not likely to get through and will vote against it. will it be a success for the president if the assault weapons ban doesn't pass? >> i'm not going to predict what may or may not happen. the president put forward a package and has taken actions on his own on mental health and background checks but legislative proposals that will protect our kids and gun safety. we don't expect it all to pass in its current form but think there's elements that are critical. i think there will be a big spotlight shone on this. i think the american people are paying a lot of attention to this debate. >> and he will twist the arms of democrats? >> we will twist them, democrats and republicans, engage the american people and at the least have votes on this in the house and senate. i'm confident some of the measures you mentioned, universal background checks i think there are enough votes -- >> that could be the trade-off democratic senators vote against the assault weapons
MSNBC
Jan 14, 2013 4:00pm PST
at the white house. they got a screening up at the senate. they got mitch mcconnell and harry reid to co-host a screening. and as you saw right now, they now have bill clinton's endorsement. >> why -- was this part of the hype by spielberg to have clinton there last night? is this part of a marketing campaign to win the oscar? >> listen, i definitely think it's part of the campaign to win the oscar. if you're going to have a lobbyist lobbying for you to win the oscar, who better than bill clinton? this is a guy who could have come on and introduced "argo," "zero dark thirty," but no, he chose "lincoln." >> let's talk about "argo." it beat out "lincoln" for drama. i loved "argo." i've only been to a couple of movies in my life where people applaud. after all, it's a movie. who are you applauding, the projectionist? you're applauding because you want to applaud. they did it at the end of this movie. it's such a thrilling example of an american with a can-do ability we seem to have lost. the other was "lost horizon," the frank capra movie. that's about nirvana, shangri-la. you can't beat th
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 1:00pm PST
say, including harry reid, suggesting that an assault weapons ban wouldn't get through the house. you just heard a member of the house saying he believes the president should take any action. what's your reaction? >> absolutely. people like larry pratt and the nra also oppose things like making sure someone on the terrorist watch list can't get a gun. they don't believe in any restrictions whatsoever. look, nothing in the second amendment says that you have the right to bear arms cheaply and without any convenience. the government has the right to regulate in any way to the limits of the law. they absolutely can do that and they have a compelling interest in doing that. there are things the executive could do without congress and the president should do them all. we haven't had an atf, head of the atf for six years. they should vigorously go after gun trafficking. a lot of weapons are bought in the secondary market. >> 40% of gun sales have no background check whatsoever. >> exactly. >> 40%. >> exactly. all you would have to do to close that up would be to say, okay, fine, if you sell
MSNBC
Jan 16, 2013 7:00am PST
. harry reid has said he's not going to bring anything up in the senate that can't get through the house on your side. steny hoyer isn't sounding optimistic about an assault weapons ban. what's your assessment right now? what's realistic here? >> my assessment is that we should push forward on everything that makes sense from a public safety perspective and let the politics work itself out. but the american public deserves an up or down vote on these issues in the house of representatives. if people want to vote against some of these common sense measures, that's fine, but let the voters hold them accountable. so what we're going to be asking for here in the house of representatives is simply the opportunity to have a vote, let the american people see how their representatives stand on some of these important issues, because as i said earlier, i think the vast majority of the american people support these common sense steps and that's the one way to hold members of congress accountable. put it to the test, put it to a vote. don't say in advance that because these things may not get a maj
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
. majority leader harry reid and speaker john boehner appear to be in a game of legislative chicken. boehner's spokesman released a statement after the president's speech saying, simply, house committees of jurisdiction will review these recommendations and if the senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that. reid, of course, who has already said the senate will only consider legislation that can pass the house said in a very vague, carefully-worded statement yesterday, quote, i am committed to ensuring that the senate will consider can legislation that addresses gun violence and other aspects of violence in our society early this year. reid, of course, has home state politics to worry about, as well as keeping a number of red state democrats in line. many of them are up for re-election in 2014. potentially vulnerable. montana senator max baucus responded to the senate in a statement, quote, before passing new laws, we need a debate that respects responsible, law-abiding gun owners in montana instead of a one-size-fits-all directives from washington. joe manchin said, quote, i'm di
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 12:00pm PST
hostage. that's senate leader harry reid there. house minority leader nancy pelosi rejected the plan. did the republicans make a real effort here or was this a gimmick as nancy pelosi said? >> the most important thing for republicans is they are re-ordering the three fiscal conflicts that the country has ahead. the three conflicts are are the sequestration and the deep cuts to domestic and military spending and the end of the funding of the government that could result in a govern shutdown and the sent ceiling fight and the debt ceiling fight has potentially the worst consequences for the economy. so the republicans thought instead of taking the debt ceiling fight first and potentially doing real harm, let's move it to the end of the first of three standoffs. >> and sequestration, of course, also a major issue. do republicans think they can win on -- on major cuts to domestic and military spending? >> probably not. i don't think they have a lot of betting power here at all. the debt ceiling was the biggest bargaining chip that they had and they just moved it to basically a totally differe
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